Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Our doctors will explain the risks and the benefits of your procedure and discuss your anesthetic options. After your consultation, you will be informed of the costs of the procedures and reappointed for your care. Occasionally, in an emergency situation, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, this situation is not desirable because it does not allow for proper preparation for your treatment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip (if you have one) and any X-rays of the area of concern. X-rays should be within 6 months of treatment and show the current problem. If you do not have x-rays they can be taken at our office.
- A written list of your medications, their dosage and how often they are taken (including over the counter medications such as aspirin, Vitamin E etc.)
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A pre-operative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery. You will also need a responsible adult to drive you home. You will be informed of what medications (if applicable) to take prior to your surgery. This should be taken with a minimum of fluid. Often, antibiotics are prescribed to be taken prior to any surgery. These instructions will be reviewed amount the consultation visit.
Your health history will be reviewed on your consultation visit, so please be prepared to alert the office of any medical conditions that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.)
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility. Films should be taken within 6 months of the planned surgery and show the area of concern.